Hey. I’m just reading this book by Michael Paul Stavrou for the second time. Last time was several years back so I’de forgotten most of it. It contains some pretty interesting and slightly unusual ways to approach recording and mixing.
The rough vibe I get from this book is that you can get a good sound from anything, anywhere, if you just put in some creative effort to find it.
He tells us that mics and sounds have a hardness factor and that you should try to match a soft mic to a hard sound. Another thing is that you can think of sound propagation as a flame. Your goal is to put the mic at the tip of the flame. He explains it better that I am.
There is also his take on analogue vs digital which is always a crowd pleaser. I have no idea if it is right but the way he explained it was definitely a way of looking at it I had never heard of before.
Other ideas and advice in the book can almost seem a bit wacko or ridiculous but I’m gonna give them the benefit of the doubt due to the fact that Stav is a pro engineer and has years of experience under his belt.
So if your hungry for some brain food on recording and mixing and you feel like “chasing the flame” then grab a copy.